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Sandusky Trial: A Look Back at the Prosecution and at the Defense's Task Ahead

by on June 17, 2012 6:13 PM

Jerry Sandusky's defense team is poised to open its case Monday.

Defending Sandusky is a task his lawyer, Joe Amendola, compared to climbing Mount Everest.

Sandusky faces 52 counts in a child sexual abuse case and maintains his innocence.

Meanwhile, eight of his alleged victims testified in front of the court and their abuser last week. Prosecutors trotted out its star witnesses and recorded and written evidence to present its case to the jury.

Here's a look back at some of the biggest moments of last week:

  • Victim 4 said he only came forward after finding out he wasn't the only victim. "I felt responsible for what happened to the others," he said.
  • Mike McQueary testified about what he saw happen in the shower with the unidentified Victim 2 and said he made an effort to distance himself from Sandusky after the incident.
  • Victim 10 was the only one to say he was threatened by Sandusky after being abused.
  • Victim 9 said no one heard his screams from the basement and gave the most graphic testimony of the week.

Looking ahead to this week, it could be an uphill battle for a defense team that turned Sandusky over to a prosecution psychiatrist this past week. Judge John Cleland granted the defense's request for expert testimony, which will try to prove Sandusky suffers from a histrionic personality disorder.

Sandusky met with a psychiatrist for more than two hours Sunday. His co-counsel, Karl Rominger, drove him to the evaluation.

According to the National Institute of Health, someone who suffers from a histrionic personality disorder causes that person to "act in a very dramatic and emotional way that draws attention to themselves."

The defense is hoping to prove Sandusky's actions with his accusers were not sexual in nature.

Amendola has said Sandusky could testify, though it is unknown when. His wife, Dottie, also is on the defense's witness list, as are Sue and Jay Paterno and Pulitzer Prize-winner Sara Ganim.

The prosecution has not officially rested its case. Court commences at 9 a.m.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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